Living root bridges

Umshiang Double-decker bridge

Living root bridges are a type of simple suspension bridge formed of living plant roots by tree shaping. Living root bridges are common in the state of Meghalaya.

Meghalaya is a state in Northeast India and is also called the “The abode of clouds.” The regions are one of the wettest places in the world. The people living in these regions are called the Khasis. They have developed a relationship with the forest from ancient times.

The Khasis developed a way to travel through the forest through the waterfalls and other water bodies by creating the living root bridges also known as jing kieng jri. It takes about 25 to 30 years for the formation of such living root bridges. These bridges become stronger with time. The origin of the creation of the living root bridges is not known; however, the first record appears more than a hundred years ago. Read more…


A journey time from Shillong to Cherrapunjee

Shillong the capital city of Meghalaya also called as the ‘Scotland of the East’ in India and is a great place to spend holidays at. Tourists visiting Shillong often visit Cherrapunjee. Shillong was nicknamed as the ‘Scotland of the East’ by the British during their invasion for the fact that the landscapes of this city resemble to that of the Scotland. Both of these places in northeast India are easily accessible by road.

Visiting Cherrapunjee from Shillong by road is loved by all travelers and if you want to add some thrill to your journey, hire a bike and hit the road. The distance from Shillong to Cherrapunjee is not very much it is about 53 kilometers and is almost an hour and half drive. There are many places to stop by and feast your eyes to the natural beauty of these places. You may hire a taxi that are easily available from Shillong however the taxi fare may depend upon the driver, the kind of taxi you hired, your preference of the taxi and the season. If you are visiting Cherrapunjee during the peak tourist season you will have to pay a little higher price for the taxi than what you usually pay when you visit the place during the off season. Normally a day trip taxi fare from Shillong to Cherrapunjee is around INR 2000 to INR 3500, depending upon the time of the year and the taxi a traveler prefers. Many tourists prefer to stay in Shillong since the capital offers a large number of hotels, guesthouses and homestays; plus the tourists can choose any kind of stay they prefer within their budget. There are many places of tourist attractions to visit on your way to Cherrapunjee from Shillong and of the most famous places is the Elephant Falls. It is about a distance of 12 kilometers from Shillong and offers spectacular three-tier natural waterfall with beautiful surroundings.

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Fun Excursions: Things to do in Shillong

The ‘Scotland of the East’ in India is no less than a paradise and offers so many things to do. The capital city of Meghalaya Shillong is a base for adventure activities. There are numerous things to do in Shillong and places to explore. Some of the best things to do in Shillong are a mix of sightseeing, excursions involving adventure activities and more.

Shillong has quite a few places with varied activities, one of the most common activities being hopping in car and visiting the usual places like The Don Bosco Museum for indigenous cultures, Butterfly Museum or Wankhar Entomology Museum, Shillong’s Lady Hydari Park, Wards Lake, The Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Spread Eagle Falls and Golf Course to name a few. The picturesque views, rolling valleys, beautiful Shillong city, waterfalls everything seems so mesmerizing in Meghalaya. While visiting these popular places of tourist attractions and exploring them do not miss out on the delicious culinary delights of Shillong. Also, no trip is complete without shopping for souvenirs. The Police Bazaar in Shillong has many stores and small shops selling garments to accessories to food while the Bara Bazaar is for the locals with its exotic fruits and vegetables and the local bamboo & Cane craft wares.

Not very far from Shillong around 17km, is the Umiam Lake located in Nongpoh where you can go for boating. Enclosed with rich greenery from all sides this lake is filled with blue and crystal clear water. Shillong makes the base for excursions and trekking to Cherrapunjee or Sohra. Some of the things to do here are to go for a short hike to the famous Double Decker Living Root Bridges, caving at Mawsami Cave, Krem Mawmluh and Arwah caves. You may also visit the scared forests in Shillong Hills that are kept preserved from a long time.

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Seasons in Meghalaya

Are you planning a trip to Meghalaya but wondering what would be theBest time to visit? The word Meghalaya is combination of ‘Megh’ meaning clouds and ‘Alaya’ meaning home which translates to the ‘Abode of Clouds’, and true to its meaning it is the wettest place on earth. The best time to visit Meghalaya is all year round; the state has moderate climate throughout the year. Every season in the state gives you a reason to plan a trip to Meghalaya.

The summer in Meghalaya is between April-June. Summers are moderate and the temperatures seldom go over 25oC in most parts of Meghalaya. The pleasant mornings and evenings, make Meghalaya an ideal place to visit to escape the scorching heat of Indian Summers. Monsoon starts from mid June or the start of July and ends in September. The rains add charm to the place and during monsoon the waterfalls in their full glory are sights to behold. The dense forest cover shows the fresh hue of greens after the rain. Monsoon is the best time to visit Meghalaya to enjoy rainfall and witness waterfalls in full glory. The autumn starts with the end of monsoon in Meghalaya from the late September and lasts till November. Autumn is the time for beautiful cherry blossom trees in Meghalaya which also marks the festival times in the state. The climate is also very pleasant with a slight chill in the mornings and evenings while the day time is quite pleasant, thus, autumn time becomes one of the best time to visit Meghalaya. The winter ranges in between November-March, January and December being the coldest months. During winters the cold fogs cover the town, pine forest and the hills of Meghalaya. It gets chilly and the whole state looks like it is floating on the clouds.

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Shillong in monsoons: best time to visit Shillong

Shillong can be visited any time of the year and it will look absolutely amazing. This is one destination where even the monsoon provides the exhilaration and experience of being on the wettest place on the planet.

The summer normally ranges in between 5°C to 25°C and is one of the best times to visit Shillong. The winter in Shillong is colder with temperature going down to 4°C often enveloping the city in fog. Summer may be one of the best times however, the best time to visit the ‘abode of clouds’ Meghalaya is definitely during monsoon. Cherrapunjee in Shillong is one of the wettest places on earth and the capital makes a good base to explore these places in monsoon. The monsoons start from July and ends in September with heavy downpour taking the temperature between 12°C to 16°C. Monsoon season is the perfect time for nature lovers, the backpackers and people seeking for adventures. One of the best ideas is to make Shillong base for excursions to Cherrapunjee and other places to visit.

Witnessing the rain drenched mountains with beautiful waterfalls in full glory and the thick forest in bright green during monsoon is an experience in itself. Apart from Cherrapunjee, you can visit Mawsynram that gets an average of 11,873 millimeters also the Nohsngithiang Falls and other falls that are mostly fed with rain falls. These falls come to their full glory during the monsoon making it the best time to visit Shillong. During monsoon, the excursions from Shillong would be to Mawphlang and then on to Mawsynram, other would to Cherrapunjee. It is also the best time to visit Jaintia hills, Monoliths of Nartiang and Thadlaskein Lake near Jowai.

With so many wonderful sites to enjoy topping it with very less number of visitors, monsoons are definitely the best time to visit Shillong. Read full article at:

Enchanted Shillong: The Best Time to visit Shillong

Having been lucky enough to trek amidst the gorgeous Himalayas couple of times, I have always wondered when I first fell in love with the mountains. It was amazing how I was not bored staring at quite rocks in the Himalayas and choosing to be in mountains rather than spending lavish and relaxing holidays in best hotels somewhere else.

I visited Shillong in the end of May. And I must say it is the best time to visit Shillong. It’s a perfect blend of dry and wet weather. The best time to visit Shillong is from October to mid-May. During this time there are no risks of heavy rainfall, landslides etc. From the mid of May starts monsoon season in Meghalaya and I don’t suggest visiting Shillong during these times but for people who love taking chances and are good enough to move around with just a rain coat it is the best time because the whole place turns into a fairy land. However, if I have to suggest the best time, it will definitely be end of May.

However, monsoons comes with its own drawback, like the visit to the famous living root bridges in Shillong can get really risky because of the growth of the mosses due to rains, so it is best to carry proper shoes while visiting these places. No matter which time of the year you visit Shillong, it is always beautiful and the rains do add magic to it. The heavenly smell of the wet earth, dark green surroundings with colorful blossoms, the painted blue sky with the sun and clouds playing hide and seek, and the red-cheeked kids clapping and playing in the puddles outside their houses adds to the overall experience of being in a hill station. But you must carry some essentials like comfortable shoes, raincoat, jacket, mosquito repellant etc while visiting these places in Shillong.

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Kamakhya Mandir in Guwahati to Wonderful Meghalaya

Have you ever wanted to go on a holiday that fulfills your parent’s religious wants, your brother’s thirst for adventure and your love for serene picturesque locales? Then a trip to Guwahati, Shillong and Cherrapunjee will do the trick.

Begin as most of the trips to North-East India do, at Guwahati, which also happens to be the ‘City of Temples’ and the largest metropolis in North-East India. The main attraction for anyone visiting Guwahati is Kamakhya Mandir, a 16th-century temple complex dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya. The best time to visit Kamakhya Mandir, Guwahati, to see a special occurrence in this temple, is in June, when the river turns red around the temple. There are many other temples in and around Guwahati like the Umananda Temple on Peacock Island which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, The Bhimasankar Jyotirling temple ot the recent addition of the Sree Balaji Temple. You can also enjoy a visit to the Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden, which is the largest of its kind in the North East region and is spread across 432 acres or take a delightful evening cruise on the Brahmaputra. You can also choose to indulge in some od fashioned shopping at Paan Bazaar.

The next day, you will take a scenic drive down to the hill station of Shillong. En-route, you will visit the Umiam Lake, a delightful man-made lake with amazing views. On reaching Shillong you can visit the Nan Polok or Ward’s Lake, Lady hyderi Park and the Don Bosco Musuem. There is also an amazing Butterfly Museum, if that interests you. In the evening, you can shop for souvenirs or local goodies at the Police Bazaar.

The next day, head towards Cherapunjee, which once was the wettest place on earth. En-route, visit the fourth highest waterfall in the world, Nohkalikai Falls, Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, and Mawkdowk view point where you can go for zip lining if you choose to. Later visit more exciting places like the Seven Sister Falls, Dainthellen Falls , Eco Park and, the Mawsmai Cave and  Arwah Cave which involve a bit of short trekking. You can then return back to Shillong from where you can proceed towards your onward destination the next morning.

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Explore Guwahati to Shillong

From the land of the one-horned rhinoceros to the home of clouds and rain, a journey to Assam and Meghalaya is always refreshing. While Assam boasts of tea gardens, the mighty Brahmaputra, the Kaziranga National Park and a host of temples, Meghalaya is home to rolling highlands, innumerable waterfalls, caves and even the cleanest village in India.

A trip to these two fascinating states starts at Guwahati, which is a base for entering any of the other 6 north-eastern states in India. In the heart of Assam, close to Guwahati, lies the Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site as declared by UNESCO. You can reach Guwahati and take a 5-hour drive down to this National Park. As safaris only take place in the mornings, you can relax and absorb the surroundings as you prepare for an exciting day. The next day, you can take a jeep-safari or even an Elephant ride, which is controlled by the Forest Department of the Govt. of Assam, into the sanctuary and experience the exotic wildlife this place has to offer. The rest of the day can be enjoyed by visiting a tea garden and local communities in villages nearby.

The next day, drive down to Shillong, the charming hill-station capital of Meghalaya and fondly called the ‘Scotland of the East’. Indulge in good old-fashioned sightseeing in and around Shillong which offers museums, waterfalls, lake, and picturesque view points. After a day at Shillong, move towards Cherrapunjee, which was at one time, the wettest place on earth. Explore the Living Root Bridge and a short trek which will be around 3.5 km from the resort you can put up at. The next day is for an excursion to Mwallynong which is a 3 hrs drive from Cherrapunjee. It is dubbed the cleanest village in India by Discover India Magazine. Have an insight into Khasi culture and way of life here and return back to Shillong.

For your final stop, you will head back to Guwahati because the next day, you will be visiting the famous Kamakhya Mandir on the Nilachal hill. You can also visit the Sankardev Kalakshetra, a cultural institution in the Panjabari area of Guwahati  or take a cruise down the Brahamputra river before you bid adieu this fascinating land. Don’t forget to indulge in some shopping at Paan bazaar to pick up curios and souvenirs.  

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Guwahati to Shillong

Heading to Guwahati for your next vacation? Then add the scenic city of Shillong to your trip as well which is about a 3-4 hours drive. Clubbing these two cities offers a wonderful contrast to tourists. The bustling port city of Guwahati is popularly known for its temples and river cruises and its hustle and bustle. Whereas Shillong, also called the ‘Scotland of the East’ has a serene landscape of rolling highlands, picturesque vistas and pleasant weather year round

Here is our recommendation to make the most of this route on a holiday. Start at Guwahati. If you are travelling from outside, enjoy the evening at leisure over a candle-light dinner atop a cruise on the Brahmaputra. Spend the next day covering major tourist spots here like the Kamakhya temple (one of the 51 shakti pithas), then head to Peacock Island to see Umananda Temple located on the famous Kachari Ghat in Guwahati. There are many other temples to visit here too if you wish to. Otherwise indulge in shopping at Paltan Bazaar. You can spend another day visiting the Assam State Zoo, the Guwahati Planetarium, enjoy a picnic at Nehru Park and pick up curios from the Maati Centre and Paan Bazaar.

The next day drive down to Shillong, enjoy the scenic route and watch the sun glisten over the Umiam Lake just outside town. Enjoy the evening at leisure. The next day start the day by visiting the stunning blue colored Don Bosco church and museum, the Butterfly Museum, the Ward lake and the Japanese themed Lady Hydari Park. The following day can be enjoyed visiting the Elephant Falls, Air Force Museum, Shillong Peak. Enjoy a boat ride at Umiam lake or enjoy evening shopping at Police and Bara Bazaar for local handicrafts. On your way back to Guwahati on the final day, Visit Sankardev Kalakshetra, a cultural institution near Guwahati and enjoy one last cruise before you head back.

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